Inter-Religious Council Disowns Partisan Religious Leaders

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The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda has disowned and distanced itself from religious leaders who take partisan positions in politics after the council sounded a warning to them, saying that they are not members of the council.

 The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda has disowned and distanced itself from religious leaders who continue to take partisan positions in politics after the council sounded a warning to them.
 
The council says that the partisan positions the leaders have taken in active political activities is against the principles and values of the council.
 
Last month, the Council told its members who had openly come out to declare their political aspirations to resign from leadership in their respective denominations or face stringent disciplinary measures that may include expulsion.
 
Addressing the media on Wednesday at their offices in Namirembe - Kampala, Bishop Joshua Lwere the General Overseer of Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches of Uganda said that the council will only dismiss such leaders from the council as a last resort.
                                                                                                                                          
Bishop Lwere says the council is still giving these religious leaders the opportunity to conform but insists that the practice undermines the credibility and ability of the council to execute their activities, because it places them in a compromising position and raises questions on their virtue.
 
He says that the council can only take corrective and redemptive measures, so that their lost members can return to the true cause of the service of God's people without being expelled from their duties.
 
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However, as the political pressures continue to rise in party primaries, the religious leaders continue to tighten their grip on their political aspirations.
 
Some of the religious leaders who have seemingly ignored the warnings from the IRCU include Pastors Joseph Mabirizi and Abed Bwanika who have both shown interest in the presidency of the country, Reverend Father Gaetano Batanyenda who is a sharp critic of government and retired Bishop Zac Niringiye, the coordinator for The Democratic Alliance, among others.